February 23, 2024 1:22 am
Youth organizations to receive smaller budget cuts, Smotrich announces

The proposed cuts in government funding for teenage and youth organizations have sparked protests, leading to a review of the decision by Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich. Initially, the budget of youth organizations was expected to be reduced by 10 million shekels, but this has now been reduced to 1 million shekels.

The adjusted draft state budget for 2024, adopted in the first reading last week, included a provision for a reduction in funding for youth organizations by 10 million shekels. Leaders of these organizations argued that the loss of state support would effectively mean the end of teenage and youth movements in Israel, including well-known groups like Bnei Akiva and Tzofim.

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